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Wednesday 3 February 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Hon Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa is the Acting Minister of Tourism effective 1 February, after HM King Tupou VI approved the termination of ‘Etuate Lavulavu’s appointment as Minister of Tourism.
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Tuesday 2 February 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
No decision has been made by Government to appoint a new Minister of Tourism following the former Minister ‘Etuate Lavulavu’s exit as a Member of Parliament last week.
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Sunday 24 January 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Ministry of Public Enterprises has started to introduce more shared directors for public enterprises, with some directors holding positions on three boards, as part of a push to reform Public Enterprises that started in 2015 to be completed this year. The Ministry’s CEO Sione ‘Akau‘ola said the shared directors process for the Transport sector started last week.
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Wednesday 13 January 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
“In the sweat of thy face, shall thou eat bread…” PM ‘Akilisi Pohiva told hundreds of civil servants who attended the Public Service Thanksgiving Prayer Service at the Queen Salote Memorial Hall yesterday, 12 January.
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Saturday 5 December 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In a marathon press conference lasting nearly four hours yesterday, Tonga’s Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva tried to defend his decision to retain a self-confessed corrupted Cabinet Minister, ‘Etuate Lavulavu, as his Minister of Tourism.
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Thursday 3 December 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga civil service has been awarded a 5% pay increase back dated to 1 July 2015, and to be paid before December 22.
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Monday 30 November 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A petition to revoke the appointment of the Prime Minister, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva as the Minister of Education, and Hon. ‘Etuate Lavulavu as the Acting Minister of Education is in limbo.
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Friday 27 November 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Prime Minister, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva this afternoon, at a Press Conference, sentenced Hon. ‘Etuate Lavulavu for corruption by terminating his ministerial post as Minister of Infrastructure but retained him as Minister of Tourism without pay for five months as from January 2016. No questions were allowed.
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Tuesday 24 November 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva is not fit to travel this week to take part in three major events in Europe and Malta, including the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).
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Thursday 12 November 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Prime Minister Hon ‘Akilisi Pohiva has gone to New Zealand this week for a routine medical check up, the Prime Minister’s Office stated today.
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Thursday 12 November 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Official Public Holidays for next year 2016, were confirmed today by the Prime Minister’s Office. Most of the holidays are observed on Mondays or Fridays, as shown (in Tongan and English):
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Tuesday 3 November 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Government’s public services will close down at 4:30pm on Monday, 21 December - the last working day, before the beginning of the Christmas and New Year holidays.
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Friday 30 October 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Businesses in Tongatapu and Vava’u can now pay their PAYE tax and Consumption Tax online, thanks to a new revenue management system known as “RMS7”, that was launched by the Australian Deputy High Commissioner, Ms Sophie Temby this morning, 30 October at Tonga’s Ministry of Revenue and Customs office, Hala Lelue, Nuku’alofa.
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Monday 5 October 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The outcome of a decision by government to reduce the number of Boards that oversee the management of 14 public enterprises, from 14 boards to five or six new boards by the end of October, remains unknown.
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Saturday 3 October 2015

New York, USA
Tonga’s Prime Minister, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva Akilisi challenged world leaders to have moral commitment and moral courage to address climate change and global inequalities; and not be distracted by political priorities, when he made his first address to the United Nations General Assembly on 29 September. At the same time, he stated that his government was considering removing constraints to sustainable development “such as cultural perceptions and religious dogma.”
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Wednesday 26 August 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The construction of a new government building named ‘St George’s Palace’ has begun after HM King Tupou VI planted a black foundation stone at Pangai Si’i at an official groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, 25 August.
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Friday 21 August 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga is one of four Pacific countries that have not ratified the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), along with New Zealand, Samoa and Niue.
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Saturday 15 August 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Kalafi Moala, the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser has revealed the content of two emails from Prime Minister’s Office dated March 7 and March 17 regarding a conversation about the Forbes Affair. The emails show that the dispute over who was responsible for organising and contracting the Magana-O’Callaghan interview with Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva for a Forbes advertorial, will drag on for a while.
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Wednesday 12 August 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The extravagant venture of the Tongan government to pay US$130,000 ($274,165.93 pa’anga) for an advertorial in the June 29 issue of Forbes Magazine has re-emerged as a verbal slinging match between the Office of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Finance.
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Tuesday 11 August 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Pangai Si’i - the shady green public park in the Nuku’alofa Central Business District, had many of its trees chopped down and the grass bulldozed starting yesterday in preparation for the construction of a new government building to be dubbed ‘St George Palace’.
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